It feels like just 5 minutes ago I was putting together my decor update for 2018 post, and chatting about treating myself to little bits here-and-there to slowly piece together the vision I had for our little flat, and now all of it is changing! The flat we live in now was a bit of a stop-gap which we moved to in a hurry after martin got his job in London. At the time, we had looked at a lot of horrible, or tiny or scary flats closer into London, and this flat was the last one we viewed and it was clean, the area was half decent and (believe it or not) it was one of the biggest, so we leapt at it, kind of as the best-of-the-bunch.
And we have loved it - it became our first home together, where we drank champagne and ate chips on the floor on our first night, we purchased a real life bed, and made decisions and paid bills and stuff like proper grownups do. But we pretty much always knew that after a while here, we'd be searching for the perfect one. And so the end of our lease started to loom in the distance and we started the exciting (but also agonising) process of finding a perfect little flat with a little more room for us to live in (and me to work from!)
And then we found a house.
Our new place has room for me to have a little studio to fill with boxes and bookcases and cards and goodness knows what else, a kitchen that is entirely separate to our living room (squee!) and... wait for it... a GARDEN. I know. I can't believe it either.
Obviously for me, the most exciting part of moving is planning, styling and decorating, so to tide me over til moving day, I thought I'd take a leaf out of emma's book and put together a blog post of my decor ideas for our new place. We are still renting, so obviously there will still be a lot of constraints on what we can do, not to mention that we are young and had a big deposit and London-level rent to pay so these ideas will probably become a long work in progress, but it's still fun to make mood boards, get excited, and goddamnit if I don't just love having a plan in place.
Pink Ceiling Nursery - White Bedroom with Clothes Rail - Pink Dreamy Begonia Maculata - Brass Full Length Mirror - Ikea Hack Dresser - Serene Botanical Bedside - White and Grey Bedroom with Check Sheets - A2 Frame
The bedroom is probably the space I have spent the most time and attention on getting cosy, comfy and pretty already, so it doesn't need that much adding to it in our new place. One major difference in the new place will be the lack of built-in wardrobe, which, whilst I'll have to find somewhere else to hide the ugly stuff, means we can invest in some pretty storage furniture. I'm hoping to dust off my clothes rail that has been languishing in my parents attic for a year, and maybe create a bit of IKEA DIY magic. I'm really hoping to add a spot of blush here and there and isn't this pink ceiling just the most unusual but lovely way of adding a brush of colour?
I'm also hoping that with a little more space, we will eventually be able to invest in a set of real life bedside tables...for me to put more plants on, obv. This time around, I'm also going to get bigger and bolder with some artwork - featuring a v sneaky peek of my upcoming collection!
LIVING / DINING ROOM
Our living room will be a living/dining space, with a little nook somewhere for Martin to sit at his desk and game in the evenings. I'm looking forward to being able to eat somewhere other than my desk, and having a space that is for living and relaxing, thats separate from the chaos of my business.
I'm sure you remember the Pink Sofa of Dreams, but alas it seems it wasn't meant to be. After some drama involving a very bent sofa leg and a replacement we were too scared to sit on, we decided to just return it and find something else a bit sturdier and a bit squishier, and so this beautiful DFS grey velvet dream came into our lives (or, it will be when it's delivered!) One of the first little additions I'd like to make to this room would be to recover my Nana's midcentury modern chair in fabric that is a little more "me" - perhaps this is the way I'll get that pink velvet back into my life. I'm also on the hunt for the perfect dining room table - something I have missed sorely this past year, and a few pretty little chairs to go around it. At the moment, IKEA is winning out in terms of affordability and space-saving.
The room also has original wood floors (no, you're screaming!!) so I'd love to get a big, fluffy, Berber style rug to lay down around the seating area to wiggle my toes in.
In a rental kitchen there is not that much you can control, but actually having one in it's own designated room is a definite novelty for me, so it gets it's own moodboard. It's got two big lovely windows, so naturally my mind is thinking of all the herbs I will finally be able to have growing on the windowsill. I'm hoping we will be allowed to pop up some kind of pretty shelving or even just an IKEA rail type situtation for hanging things. Mostly I'm looking forward to accessorizing with some replacements for our old tatty teatowels and oven gloves, and having a bit of space for things like tea and coffee pots, and oh, I don't know, a real life toaster maybe?! After spotting that cosy kitchen window on Pinterest, too, I definitely think some fairy light sparkle will be in order, too.
I am under no illusions that my studio will be anything more chic and aesthetic than a desk surrounded by boxes of stuff, but a studio is a studio and I'm here to be excited by it! The lovely West Elm chair is a bit of a pipe dream (seeing as I have a mostly functioning desk chair already) but I am hoping to invest in a bit extra storage space for all the messy bits and bobs that clutter up the desk space. I've got my eye on a set of the ever-popular Alex drawers from IKEA, and I'd really really love to find a place to use some Chasing Paper removable wallpaper (though my eyes are watering at the thought of the import charges already) And yes, that little print is another sneaky peek at my upcoming range.
Putting this together has been so much fun (but has also made me realise just how much I am irresistibly drawn to blush pink! I'll have to throw some green or brown in there in places or something! I can't wait to get creative with a bit more space to play with.